Carve Out Time for Halloween Tales

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It's my favorite time of year! Scary decorations are everywhere and everyone is picking out a costume to wear on Halloween night. Do you know what costume you are wearing? If not, maybe you can get an idea from one of these Halloween books! Get up from your seat and shake your bones with the […]

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Love the Muppets? Try These Movies

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"It's time to play the music It's time to light the lights It's time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight..." This month the beloved TV series The Muppet Show turns 40. To celebrate, you can watch Season One, Two and Three on DVD. The show appealed to all ages by combining slapstick jokes for kids with sophisticated adult humor. […]

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Bilingual Books for Babies: English/Spanish

Los Pollitos book cover

Dual language homes rock! Research shows that babies who have strong early literacy skills in their home language will carry those skills with them when they begin to learn English. Simple and sturdy, these books make good choices for sharing Spanish talk, sing, read, write and play moments with your little ones: Talk: Grow vocabulary with […]

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Pirates in the Movies

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Ahoy, mateys! Talk Like a Pirate Day is here. What better way to brush up on your pirate-speak than to watch some pirates in action? Younger children will enjoy an introduction to Peter Pan and his pirate nemesis, Captain Hook. The war between the Lost Boys and the pirates of Neverland is swashbuckling and suspenseful. Watching Captain […]

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Caught Reading: Back-to-School Edition

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Now that the dust has settled from the first weeks back at school, we thought we’d celebrate our youngest readers. We took a look around at home, in libraries, at school, and out and about. Here’s what we caught kiddos reading between hitting those textbooks. We spotted little ones reading, with a little help from […]

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Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Kitty-In-Boots Is Here

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Once upon a time there was a serious, well-behaved young black cat. So begins the very last story ever written by legendary children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. The never-before-published story The Tale Of Kitty-In-Boots is finally available on the 150th anniversary of Potter's birth, with illustrations by Quentin Blake. You'll have to check out a copy […]

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Sure-to-Please Late Summer Reads

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Losing myself in a good book is one of my favorite things to do on a lazy summer day, and I bet it's one of yours, too. So why not drag your vacation out just a little longer with one of these warm weather reads? As Brave as You:  Do you know the best way to clean up […]

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School Days

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School. We've all been there. If you live in Chicago, your school year is 180 days long. That's a lot of days! But if you do the math, that's only 49.3% of the days in the year. But don't worry—you can use your time outside of school to read some great stories about school. Here's […]

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Here Comes The BFG

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This July The BFG will make his big screen debut along with Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and clever Sophie. I can't wait to see it! If you can't wait either, try spending some time with these other scrumdiddlyumptious Dahl classics made into movies: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Who doesn't love the story of Charlie Bucket—the boy with […]

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Embracing LGBTQ Pride for Kids

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There is such a great variety of diverse books embracing LGBTQ kids and families these days. Celebrate Pride Month by picking up one of these wonderful books for anyone! Experience going to a pride parade in This Day in June. The detailed and colorful illustrations, along with its simple text, are perfect for young readers. Older readers wanting to […]

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